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Idaho Governor Releases 475 Salmon
into High Mountain Lake

by Associated Press
KNDO / KNDU, September 13, 2006

(Photo David N. Seelig) Surrounded by media representatives, Idaho Gov. Jim Risch, second from right, prepares to let go one of 470 sockeye salmon released into Redfish Lake Friday, Sept. 8, near Stanley. The fish, all raised in hatcheries, are part of a captive broodstock program that has kept the species on life support in Idaho for the last two decades. REDFISH LAKE, Idaho - After an overnight flight from Seattle, 475 hatchery raised sockeye salmon dove into a picturesque Idaho mountain lake today in the hopes they'll swim back to the Pacific -- and someday fancy a return visit to Idaho.

Governor Jim Risch helped dump the big blue tubs of juvenile sockeye at Redfish Lake in the Idaho Sawtooths -- part of the state's effort to help the endangered fish recover.

The lake derives its name from the days when its waters were red with the brightly colored spawning salmon.

Bert Bowler of Idaho Rivers United applauded the state's work, but says the only way to ensure the sockeyes come back to Redfish is to remove four Lower Snake River dams that kill thousands of young fish as they migrate to the ocean.

Of the hundreds of sockeye planted in past years at Redfish, only three have returned this year.

Associated Press
Idaho Governor Releases 475 Salmon into High Mountain Lake
KNDO / KNDU, September 13, 2006

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